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PowerTeacher Pro Resources

Teachers,

I wanted to share a google folder with you to help you through your first days of working with our new version of gradebook. Don’t forget to access the Mastery in Minutes, PowerTeacher Pro videos through PowerSource.

I will be posting more a little later.

Have a great first week!

Jen

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New PowerTeacher Gradebook

Teachers! Today you may be looking at a new way to launch your gradebook. Look at this video (yes it’s through youtube , so wait until testing is done, please.

PowerTeacher Gradebook 2.8 video

Override a Final Grade

Sometimes our students have their schedules change and come into our class during the middle of the year. Sometimes they just need to switch to another section you are teaching.

What do you do to make sure they still have previous marking period grades calculate with the grades they earn in your class?

Say you have a student who was in Mr. Yellow’s class for half a year. They have a M1, M2 and S1 grade from him. Those grades do not automatically move to your gradebook. You do not have to enter the assignments, but you do need to enter the final grades. The F1 grade is an average of the S1 and S2 grades. All you will need to do is add that S1 grade so the F1 can be calculated.

In PowerTeacher Gradebook go to the Scoresheet Tab and choose the Reporting Term you need to enter a grade.

Notice the grades with a –. You will want to enter grades for each of these students.

Right-click on the — cell. Choose Show Score Inspector from the dropdown menu.

The Score Inspector window should pop up. The Reporting Term should show as the one that needs to be changed for that student. Check the Manual Override box.

Once you check the Manual Override, you can now enter the percent and letter grade for the student.

Close the window and you will see the changes in the gradebook. SAVE the changes.

**We aren’t done! I know you are wondering why the grade is not automatically showing in QuickLookup.

This grade has already been stored, but for another teacher and section. If you click on “Show Dropped Grades also” (under the quicklookup), you will see it there. Unless you fill out a grade change form and IF the counselor can enter the overridden grade in the correct final grade, you will not see that grade in the active classes showing in QuickLookup.

Hope this helps!

Don’t forget to talk with the experienced teachers around you. Many times we forget to ask our own colleagues for helpl Ask them if they have had to do this before. You actually have experts around you.

Java and Gradebook download

If you are experiencing problems with JAVA and PowerTeacher Gradebook launching, please follow some of the steps below to possibly remedy your issue.

Try another browser (Chrome, Firefox, Safari) to make sure it happens in each one.

If you are clicking on the Small Arrow button beside “Gradebook” and nothing happens, click on the word “Gradebook”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just under the “Launch PowerTeacher Gradebook” button, read what is highlighted in orange. Click on the blue words (not button)click here“.

 

 

Another window will appear. Click on the “Download PowerTeacher Gradebook” button. Follow the directions on the page.

 

 

 

In your downloads folder, look for the Gradebook.app icon. Your icon might have the word “Gradebook” without the “.app” after it. That is fine. You can drag that to your Applications folder or your desktop.

 

You should be able to double-click on the Gradebook icon and enter your credentials to get into your Gradebook.

PowerTeacher Guides

Welcome back! PowerTeacher is available now for you to access.

There are a few new features with 2.6, let me know as you read through the notes which ones are most beneficial to you.

I will be coming around during the tech tune-up to help you get your gradebook ready to go for the upcoming school year.

Here are a few resources to help you get started.

ptg_2_6_user_guide

powerteacher_quickrefcard

Please note we do not take Lunch counts or submit log entries through PowerTeacher.

Elementary Teachers, please do not set up your gradebook until I see you. There is a change for this year.

I hope to see you all soon! Jen:-)

ScanIt for Schoolnet Tests

Here are the Scanning directions that Sean Campbell put together for you. You should see a copy of this at every Schoolnet scanner in each school.

This is a PDF. Take a look and keep a copy for yourself.

Scan Instructions

Comments for the M2 quarter

QUICK REMINDER:

Make sure you put all of your comments in the M2 term. Any comments associated with S1 will NOT show up on the report cards!

 

Have a Happy and Safe Holiday! See you all on January 7th!

Daily Attendance for Students

Teachers were complaining about a “bug” we had on our attendance page. The alerts for every child would show up beside each student’s name in the class. To get rid of this “bug” we had to get rid of this customization.

There is a quick fix.

To the right of PowerTeacher, you will see the Daily Attendance link. Here you will see the attendance comment and code, when it is entered and you will be able to figure out when you have a student who is absent, tardy or may have skipped your class.

Sorry it’s so late, but hopefully this will help you keep up with your students’ attendance.

 

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